Washington, DC – Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, today announced that the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment will receive $500,000 to provide green job training for veterans.
“Colorado can lead the country towards a clean energy future, and our veterans can and want to play a role,” said Bennet. “When it comes to moving the clean energy economy forward, we can enlist the talent, skill and dedication of America’s military men and women in good-paying jobs that will help grow our economy and break our dependence on foreign fossil fuels.”
The award is one of 22 grants, totaling $9 million, being awarded in 19 states by the U.S. Department of Labor. Through this program, veterans will receive skills assessments, individual job counseling, labor market information, classroom or on-the-job training for green jobs. The department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) expects these grants to provide training for more than 4,000 veterans across the country.
Funds were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations.